Therapeutic Homes Program
The Center’s Therapeutic
Homes Program offers therapeutic foster care for children and adolescents
with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral disturbances.
This program relies on highly trained, professional treatment parents
(foster parents) to help youth learn how to function effectively at home, at
school, and in the community. These treatment parents are supported by an
interdisciplinary team of clinicians, therapists, doctors, teachers and
other community professionals to provide community-based care for
The program is based on the nationally acclaimed “Common Sense Parenting”
model, which emphasizes two things: the heart and the head. The head
represents the logical, practical methods of teaching a child. The heart
represents nurturing, unconditional love and acceptance for a child in the
home. The two principals must work together to be effective, and can
ultimately become a powerful combination for many children.
The skills in this curriculum are positive and focus on preventing problems
by teaching children to make positive changes in their behaviors and their
relationships. Ongoing training sessions teach the Center’s foster parents
and the youth’s biological parents the skills and techniques of effective
parenting, including effective praise, preventive teaching, corrective
teaching and teaching self-control.
The approach also acknowledges the love and patience and the incredible
energy that are required for effective parenting. Spending time with
children is a crucial element in this process, and we expect this to be our
treatment parents’ primary focus. Effective teaching cannot happen without
spending ample time with each child, practicing age-appropriate activities,
and providing family time and positive modeling.
Finally, an important and consequential component of the healing process is
for children to gain the insight needed to understand and resolve the trauma,
grief, and loss they have experienced. This is the work of our consulting
physicians and a team committed therapists on staff and in the community.
Without success in this area, children cannot effectively attach to a new
adoptive family or reconnect with their family of origin following
This program receives annual financial support from the County of El Paso
and the TX Department of Family & Protective Services.
About the Center Therapeutic Homes Program Runaway Shelter & STAR Healthy Families Initiative
El Paso Center for Children, Inc.